5G is safe says the FCC

first_img Tags Share your voice Post a comment US regulators say there’s no evidence that cellphones harm health and they’re not changing current safety limits.  Pau Barrena / AFP/Getty Images Cellphones — old and new — are safe, including those that’ll use new 5G technology. That’s according to a new proposal that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated Thursday. It would keep the agency’s current safety limits for radio frequency exposure the same as they’ve been for 23 years.  Following more than six years of public input and review, the agency said the current exposure levels for cellphones, wireless towers, Wi-Fi routers and all other devices emitting RF signals are safe. Agency officials added that they don’t have any concern for new gear using 5G technology, including gear that uses millimeter wavelength frequencies.The FCC, which sets radio frequency limits in close consultation with the Food and Drug Administration and other health agencies, said that the other agencies were also in agreement on keeping the current limits in place.  “The available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects in humans due to exposures at or under the current limits,” Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, wrote to the FCC. “No changes to the current standards are warranted at this time.”Rally Against 5G Networks In PolandThe FCC says that current RF safety levels are sufficient. And that 5G poses no risk to health.  NurPhoto There have been concerns and questions about the safety of mobile devices for years. In 2011, the World Health Organization said cellphones might cause some brain cancers, leaving open the possibility that a link exists between cancer and cellphone radiation.But most studies haven’t found a link between radio frequency signals from cellphones or cell towers and disease. Concerns have grown recently as mobile carriers throughout the world race to deploy this fifth generation of cellular technology, or 5G. Specifically, there have been concerns that the high-frequency spectrum known as millimeter wavelengths, or mmWave, used in early deployments to make 5G a reality could pose adverse health effects for the public. Adding to the concern is the fact that 5G deployments require many more small cell towers to be deployed much closer to where people live, work and go to school. The growing fear about the health effects has caused lawmakers and policy makers throughout the world to start putting on the brakes. But FCC officials on Thursday reiterated there’s no reason for concern. An FCC official told reporters during a press briefing that there’s “nothing special about 5G.” They added that the scientific evidence to date indicates that 5G is no different from any other cellular technology, including 4G or 3G in terms of causing health effects. They also added that the higher-frequency signals used to deliver 5G also pose no health risk, and that the existing RF exposure guidelines are still applicable to 5G, regardless of the spectrum band used to deliver the service. The officials also emphasized that current RF exposure limits apply to any device emitting a radio frequency signal and are not limited to phones. Also, as part of the proposal, Pai recommends the agency establish a uniform set of guidelines to ensure companies making devices comply with the limits regardless of the technology that’s being used.  The FCC has for years been criticized for not updating its cellphone safety standards since 1996. Critics have argued that the levels should be reviewed based on the latest wireless technology. The agency uses a value known as a SAR, or specific absorption rate, to determine if devices can be safely sold in the US. The SAR measures the amount of power that’s absorbed in the body per given mass. While the FCC hasn’t updated its SAR level recommendations since the 1990s, others have reviewed the limits. In March of this year, the engineering group IEEE recommended the safety levels remain about the same as they have been since 1996.The FCC opened a proceeding in 2013 to look into the RF levels. And the order circulated Thursday by Pai is the result of that review.  Mobile 0 FCClast_img read more

Disneys classic 90s Aladdin and Lion King games are out Oct 29

first_img Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Video Games TV and Movies $289 26 Photos $299 2 Best Buy News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Amazon See It See It See It Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 With the Aladdin and The Lion King remakes each raking in more than $1 billion at the box office this year, it’s apparently time to remaster the ’90s video game adaptations of the originals. The two games, which will be packaged together as one release called Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King, will come to the Nintendo Switch, Sony PS4, Microsoft Xbox One and PC on Oct. 29 for $30.Be prepare to face off against the hyenas in The Lion King. Disney The collection — developed by Nighthawk Interactive and Digital Eclipse — will also include the Sega Genesis and Nintendo Game Boy versions of Aladdin, along with something called the “final cut” and a trade show demo that hasn’t been available since 1993. Lion King will get Genesis, Nintendo SNES and Game Boy versions.center_img Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Share your voice Nintendo Switch $299 Walmart See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Nintendo Switch Lite: All colors, all angles, and vs. Switch $299 Comments Tags There’s no mention of an SNES version of Aladdin, which was significantly different from the Genesis one and was developed by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. (We’ve embedded a comparison video of the SNES and Genesis versions.)The package will also include a world class menagerie of new features, like the ability to swap between upscaled and original graphics, visual filters, customizable controls, a rewind feature and Blu-ray-style extras.dcg-screenshot-6Stay one jump ahead of the lawmen in Aladdin. Disney The remaster was leaked Tuesday by Twitter user @wolverinefactor.First published Aug. 28 at 4:52 a.m. PT.Update, Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m. PT: Adds release date and price. Disney Genesis Microsoft Sony Nintendolast_img read more

Stocks to watch on Feb 22 Lupin Ambuja Cements Titan Aurobindo Pharma

first_imgA stock broker looks at a television screen in Mumbai as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents India’s first unified budget on February 1, 2017.IANSHere are a few stocks that are likely to move in trades on Thursday.Lupin: The drugmaker launched generic Namenda XR capsules – used to treat moderate to severe dementia – in the U.S.UCO Bank: The lender said it will raise Rs 6,507 crore via preferential issue to the government.Hatsun Agro: The board approved raising up to Rs 550 crore via rights issue.Indian Overseas Bank: The lender reduced marginal cost of lending rate by 5-10 basis points across some tenors.Gateway Distriparks: Promoter Prem Kishan Gupta bought 6 lakh shares, or 0.6 percent equity, at Rs 198 each.Nifty 50 exclusion: Aurobindo Pharma, Ambuja Cements and Bosch will be excluded from Nifty 50 starting April 2. They will be replaced by Bajaj Finserv, Grasim and Titan.Cyient: The company’s board approved reduction of non-resident investment from existing 100 percent to 49 percent.Vardhman Special Steels: The company raised Rs 50 crore via QIP.NSE ban: Balrampur Chini, Fortis, GMR Infra, IFCI, Jain Irrigation, and JP Associates.last_img read more

Department of Education Clears Fort Bend ISD After SixYear Probe into Disciplinary

first_imgiStock.com Listen 00:00 /06:14 Xcenter_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The Fort Bend Independent School District announced this week the U.S. Department of Education has completed a six-year investigation of the District’s disciplinary practices without findings of any wrongdoing.The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) conducted the investigation. It focused on “whether the District discriminated against African-American students by disciplining them more frequently and harshly than other similarly situated students,” according to a news release from the District.“The OCR did not make any finding that the District discriminated against any students and did not otherwise identify any wrongdoing or non-compliance with federal law,” added the news release.Shelby Webb, a Houston Chronicle education reporter, told Houston Matters that Charles Dupre, the current superintendent, implemented measures on disciplinary practices when he joined the District in 2013.“His administration took several steps. One of the first was creating a Department of Student Affairs to address these issues, provide more teacher training when it comes to discipline practices,” said Webb.Dupre also put in practice restorative disciplinary practices. Webb noted that measure aims to provide students with more tools to “self-regulate their behavior, in terms of working out issues with their classmates.”Webb said Fort Bend ISD has had success with those measures given that the in-school suspension rate dropped from about 12 percent in the 2011-12 academic year to less than five percent in the 2016-17 academic year. Additionally, the out-of-school suspension rate fell from about eight percent to about 3.7 percent in the same time frame.Webb pointed out that, nonetheless, African American students are experiencing higher rates of in-school and out-of-school suspensions than their peers.“About eight percent of all black students in Fort Bend ISD were placed on out-of-school suspension in (academic year) 16-17 and that’s much higher when you compare them to Hispanic students about 3.2 percent of whom were placed on out-of-school suspension,” noted the reporter, who added that only about 1.6 percent of white students were placed on out-of-school suspension.The District said in its news release it will “continue to review and provide training regarding its discipline policies and procedures and will track and monitor discipline data.”last_img read more

Valerie Ervin Drops Bid for House Seat in Marylands 8th District

first_imgFormer Montgomery County, Md. council member Valerie Ervin. (Twitter Photo)Former Montgomery County, Md. council member Valerie Ervin has halted her campaign for the House of Representatives seat in the state’s 8th District.Ervin, the first Black woman elected to Montgomery County’s council, cited a lack of funds as the reason for ending her campaign.In an e-mail sent to supporters, the Democrat detailed the struggle she faced while attempting to get her campaign moving.“In politics today, fundraising is the sign of a campaign’s viability,” she wrote. “Not your ideas about how to serve your constituents, not your track record of service, not even the groundswell of grassroots support—but your ability to raise money. And unfortunately, I just haven’t been able to raise enough.”Ervin announced July 1 that she would run for the seat after its current holder, Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen, began a campaign for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Mikulski plans to retire when her term ends.Ervin served on the Montgomery County Council from 2006 until 2014. She left the Council to become the executive director of the New York-based Center for Working Families, where she remained for 14 months.Ervin has not detailed her future plans. State Sen. Jamie Raskin, William Jawando, State Dels. Kumar Barve and Ana Sol Gutierrez, and Kathleen Matthews remain in the race for the seat.last_img read more

Get to Know Shay Clevenger

first_imgStory Links Get to know freshman defender Shay Clevenger.Favorite Sports Team: Baltimore RavensFavorite Athlete: Justin TuckerBest compliment: On some notes to songs, I don’t sound terrible, only badPerfect Pizza: Plain CheeseFavorite singer: Thomas RhettFavorite Movie: Mama MiaBest Subject: PsychWorst Subject: MathFavorite Food: Grilled cheeseFavorite TV show: Grey’s AnatomySuper Power: InvisibilityFavorite Cartoon Character: Patrick the StarMost influential Person in your Life: Mom and DadWhat do you like to do outside of lacrosse: Going to the beachOne thing most people don’t know about me: My real name is SheilaBiggest Celebrity Crush: Patrick DempseyFunniest Player on the Team: Sarah BlalockBest Dancer on the Team: Sarah and Caroline BlalockBest Singer: KirstenPregame Routine: I do not have a pregame routineBest Part of Your Game: Lacrosse IQFavorite Thing About Uofl: How friendly and supportive everyone is, like the community and the other student athletes.Why I Chose UofL: All your coaches want the absolute best for you in the classroom and on the field.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Cardinals Set to Host Miami OH in Exhibition Match

first_imgStory Links The season will highlight one of the best Cardinal recruiting classes in recent memory. The 2019 UofL volleyball recruiting class was ranked No. 16 in the nation, the highest ranked class in the ACC and the highest ranking Cardinal class since 2006. “It is very exciting to start the 2019 season,” said Busboom Kelly of her No. 25-ranked Cardinals. “We have a bunch of new players and faces. We lost four starters from last season but so far this has been an amazing preseason. This group has worked really hard on their connection with each other on and off the court. It does not feel like we are a younger, inexperienced team.  So they have been a joy to coach and we can’t wait to show everyone what we have been working so hard on.” Single match tickets can be bought here  The Cardinals will host Miami (Ohio) next Saturday at 3 p.m. for an exhibition match at L&N Federal Credit Union Arena as the final tuneup before the onset of the regular season. Admission is free.  Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 502-GO-CARDS, or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Single match tickets will also be available for purchase on match days at the L&N Federal Credit Union Arena ticket windows starting one hour prior to match time.center_img The RedHawks return five starters plus their libero to go along with 13 letterwinners from a team that went 23-9 last season and was co-MAC champions with a 13-3 record. Although the RedHawks won the MAC championship in both 2016 and 2017, they were picked to finish third in the East Division after graduating seven seniors in 2017. With a dynamic recruiting class, Miami picked up right where it left off, winning 13 out of 16 league games to share the MAC crown with Bowling Green. The RedHawks advanced to the MAC Tournament final for the fourth time in five seasons and earned their first postseason victory in 20 years when they defeated Northern Kentucky in the first round of the NIVC. To see the complete schedule, click here   Print Friendly Version The Cardinals home slate includes 15 matches against teams that were nationally ranked in 2018, as well as 11 matches against teams that earned an NCAA Tournament berth last season. The Cardinals posted a 22-9 record in the 2018 season and made their 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. UofL is led by returning HM All-American Melanie McHenry as well as starters Emily Scott and Piper Roe, a member of the US Collegiate National Team.   The ranking was announced by PrepVolleyball.com, where a panel of college coaches from across the country and representing all three NCAA women’s volleyball divisions determines the top list of classes.last_img read more

Five simple ways to keep weight in check

first_imgWith the festive season approaching, keeping a tab on your weight can be a little difficult. A few precautions can be taken to avoid gaining excessive weight. Here are some suggestions form an expert.Binge-eating at odd timings is a holiday delight but going overboard is very unhealthy and very easy. Skipping meals to balance out festive eating is also a very bad idea, as it only makes one ravenous later. To avoid consuming a lot of calories, eat a filling, low-calorie snack or dish before leaving for a celebration. Protein, especially, will keep you feeling full, ensuring you only eat festival treats in small amounts.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAlso try factoring in a few days of light eating prior to the festive season, in addition to consuming alkaline foods including spinach, broccoli and banana.The best way to control what you consume is to assume the role of the chef. Chefs have to do a lot of tasting and all that time spent in the kitchen does take the edge off hunger. Cooking, or at least deciding what is to be cooked and how, will allow you absolute control over the amount of calories you consume.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChoose the menu wisely, offer guests a range of healthy snacks. Grilling instead of frying, and steaming vegetables to retain nutrients are handy ways to reduce fat intake. Using a low-calorie spray oil is also a great way to roast food in a healthier manner.A fridge stocked with treats after celebrations are over, is not exactly your best bet. If you are the host, make sure to only order or cook as much as needed, carefully drawing up a menu and quantity list.  Liquids are an important component of our diets, and binge consumption sessions are no different. A lot of times, our bodies mistake thirst for hunger, which leads to overeating. Craving snacks repeatedly can be a sign of dehydration. A good diet hack is to drink a glass full of water and wait for 10 minutes and then reconsider whether you want to give in to those cravings or not. Drinking other liquids is also a good solution to hunger pangs, especially having fresh home-made or cold pressed juice blends as perfect and delicious alternatives. This should not be an excuse to have ‘juice drinks’ (which are loaded with sugar and chemicals) or aerated drinks. Alcohol is another high-calorie liquid that should be consumed in moderation. Try beginning the night with a refreshing mocktail, and alternate each drink with water or juice. Choosing low-calorie alcohol, including drier varieties of white and red wine, gin, champagne and light beer is also advisable.The holiday season takes up a lot of energy, throwing us off the gym schedules and even our regular sleep cycles. Countering this disruption is important, even if the effort put in is minimal. So, working out for half an hour instead of your usual hour and a half is a much better idea than skipping gym entirely.last_img read more

Rep Lyons bill protects against dangerous food allergies

first_img Categories: News Governmental entities, businesses, organizations could stock EpiPens’State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons today introduced legislation to further protect individuals suffering from dangerous and life-threatening food allergies.House Bill 4438, would allow businesses, recreation centers/camps, youth sports leagues, amusement parks and sports arenas to stock auto injector devices to protect patrons who come in contact with allergens that trigger anaphylactic shock. Last term, Rep. Lyons introduced legislation, now Public Acts 186 and 187, that require EpiPens to be stocked in school building across the state.“When it comes to serious allergic reactions, minutes matter and simple treatments can save lives,” said Rep. Lyons, R-Alto.  “Last year, I was proud to work with parents, school nurses and physicians from across the state to place epinephrine in Michigan schools and we’ve already received feedback that an EpiPen played a critical role in saving the life of a student who suffered a reaction while at school.”“Expanding the option for basically any business, organization or venue where there’s a risk of anaphylaxis to stock this simple, lifesaving treatment takes the next step towards saving lives and keeping people, especially children, safe.”The auto injectors are simple devices used to immediately get epinephrine into the allergy victim’s system, slowing down the allergic reaction to give emergency personnel time to treat and save lives.Food allergies have become a serious issue for children and families across the nation. More than 15 million Americans—including 6 million children—suffer from food allergies.A person experiencing anaphylaxis needs to receive an epinephrine injection immediately, as rapid decline and death can occur within 15 to 60 minutes, according to the National Institutes of Health.HB 4438 has been referred to the House Committee on Health Policy for consideration. 14Apr Rep. Lyons bill protects against dangerous food allergieslast_img read more

Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has begun

first_imgPolish cable operator Multimedia Polska has begun marketing a new range of high-quality home security cameras to its broadband subscribers.The operator is offering a home security solution as part of its DomoWizja packages, including an IP-connected camera equipped with a motion detector that records content in HD-quality H.264 video. Images are stored on a secure server whenever the camera registers movement in the home or office in which it is installed. The system also can send an email or SMS when motion is detected. The cameras are also equipped with slots for a microSD card for users to store video footage at home.The camera can be connected to the subscriber’s router via an Ethernet cable or via WiFi.DomoWizja is being offered to new customers for PLN14.99 (€3.60) a month, while a premium version is available for PLN19.99. Users must have a minimum internet speed of 12Mbps.last_img read more

I see you standing here asking for help about on

first_imgI see you standing here, asking for help, about once a week. You are always polite, and I respect that. I’d like to do something for you… something that would matter long-term. Giving you a few notes or coins now and then may be fine, but I’d really like to improve your situation more permanently. In other words, I’d like to give you a job. I used to hire people, and I especially liked hiring people who had been denied breaks. I did that whenever I could. If you and I could be transported back in time, I’d hire you. And I’d feel good about it, because I think having a job would do you a lot of good. That fact is, however, that I can’t hire you, and I’d like you to know why. I used to run my own contracting firm. I enjoyed the work and I liked being able to drive past a building and say, “I made that.” Having employees, however, was torture. I liked having them in some ways, of course – I liked the guys and it made me happy to see them take care of their families with paychecks that I signed. That was very gratifying. But it wasn’t enough, and there are three reasons why: #1: Making Payroll My first problem was simply cash flow. I was solely responsible for having enough money in the bank every week, and that could be nerve-wracking, especially when customers weren’t paying their bills on time. It’s not fun to think that a family won’t be able to buy groceries if you can’t collect your invoices. Still, that part didn’t cause me to give up on employees. It was hard, but so long as my employees were working, we were making money, so there was always something coming in at some point. Somehow, I was able to pull it off. #2: Being Hated Over time, some of my employees became jerks. This seemed to grow from envy and from stupid ideas about labor versus management. These guys decided that I was getting rich off of them, and demanded I pay them more – more than they deserved and more than the company could afford. And the really nasty part was this: It was always the guys I had done the most for who hated me most. And as soon as I sat down with them and explained why I couldn’t pay them more, they started stealing from me. I fired the thieves, of course, but these experiences really soured me on employees. I had not only given these guys a job, but I had legitimately felt good about helping to feed their families. In return, they hated me, called me names, and stole from me. By itself, that was almost enough to make me swear off employing people, but not quite. #3: The IRS What really drove me over the edge was dealing with the government and the IRS in particular. They were abominable. I had to file forms with every payroll, and if anything on them was wrong, they penalized me – heavily. And if I paid them a single day late, they penalized me – heavily. And if they said I did something wrong – even if I didn’t – there was no way to change their verdict. Reason and evidence simply didn’t matter. I eventually talked to a tax lawyer who explained the situation to me. He said: Forget about fighting, Paul. There is no ‘innocent until proven guilty’ in tax court. You’re automatically guilty, and you have to try to prove yourself innocent… which is very hard and very expensive. Just pay them. I know you hate that, but you have no other choice. Fighting them would ruin you. It wasn’t just the money that got me about this – it was that they were nasty, arrogant, heartless tyrants. Having the facts on my side didn’t matter. Intelligent arguments didn’t matter. Either I paid what they demanded or they would hurt me worse. In many ways, it wasn’t much different than the local gang of street thugs demanding protection money. So, that’s why I can’t hire you: Having employees locked me into a single role in life, that of a despised slave. When I finally realized that, I walked away. I was lucky that I had the ability to move into specialties and to thrive in difficult niches; other guys probably couldn’t have. So… What I really want you to know is this: I’d like to help you. You deserve a chance at a decent job. I’d like to be the guy who gave it to you, but the system demands that I must live as a slave in order to do so. And I won’t do that. I very much wish that things were different, and I feel sorry every time I drive by that I can’t hire you. But I would never ask anyone to live as a slave, and I won’t live that way myself. I wish you well, and if life in these parts should ever pull back from the present reign of oppression, I hope to run into you. And on that day, I hope to either hire you or do business with you. We would both have much to gain from it. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more

More than two decades after South Africa ousted a

first_imgMore than two decades after South Africa ousted a racist apartheid system that trapped the vast majority of South Africans in poverty, more than half the country still lives below the national poverty line and most of the nation’s wealth remains in the hands of a small elite.”The country was very unequal in 1994 [at the end of apartheid] and now 25 years later South Africa is the most unequal country in the world,” says Victor Sulla, a senior economist for the World Bank in charge of southern Africa. “There is no country that we have data about where the inequality is higher than South Africa.”Sulla is the lead author of a new report on poverty and inequality in South Africa.There are various ways to look at economic inequality and South Africa scores terribly on all of them. Income inequality looks at the gap between what the lowest paid workers earn each day versus the salaries of top employees.”The people at the bottom in South Africa, they get wages comparable to the people who live in Bangladesh. It’s very, very poor. Wages of less than $50 a month,” Sulla says. “If you take the top ten percent, they live like in Austria. So it’s very high level even by European standards or even by U.S. standards. And we are talking just about employees, people who are getting paid.” And not the super-rich who are earning income from factories or property or other investments.In addition to a huge problem with income inequality, South Africa also has a significant problem with wealth inequality. Wealth inequality looks at the range of a person’s assets. So a businessman in Johanesburg might own real estate, factories or other investments while a farmer in KwaZulu Natal might not even own the land she’s tilling.This new report from the World Bank finds that the top 1 percent of South Africans own 70.9 percent of the nation’s wealth. The bottom 60 percent of South Africans collectively control only 7 percent of the country’s assets.”How is that possible? Someone must explain this to me!” exclaims 30-year-old Phiwe Budaza, reached on her cellphone in Cape Town. “How is that even possible?”Budaza, who grew up in the township of Khayelitsha, says inequality is part of life in South Africa.”There’s always been a difference between the white and the black but I think it’s getting worse now,” she says. Before her cellphone battery dies Budaza says she doesn’t have a permanent job. She freelances as a photographer and in her words “hustles” to cover her bills.”I work as a bartender and I work for a rental company that rents cameras and film equipment,” she says.”It’s hard for someone like me who doesn’t have a full-time job to survive in Cape Town. The rent for an apartment [in the city] is like three times what I earn in a month.” She says she ends up living outside the city, which makes it harder to get to some jobs.Budaza is not alone in struggling to make ends meet every month in South Africa. The nation’s official unemployment rate is currently at 27 percent compared to roughly 4 percent in the United States.”South Africa is really facing the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality,” says the former head of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, about the report. Dlamini-Zuma is a long-time anti-apartheid activist who now heads up a national planning commission in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet.”We are a relatively rich country but with a lot of poor people,” she says.If things don’t change dramatically in South Africa, Dlamini-Zuma adds, the country will fail to reach its goal of eliminating extreme poverty (people earning less than $1.90 a day) by the year 2030.South Africa has been focused on trying to bring down poverty and reduce inequality. And it’s had some success. Post-apartheid, the government launched a significant Black Economic Empowerment program to promote the transfer of white-owned business to black investors. South Africa has invested heavily in social programs including free primary education, a plan for universal health care, infrastructure projects to expand access to clean water and minimum income grants to parents.Sulla at the World Bank says South Africa under the post-apartheid ANC government has been a leader on social programs.”Their social protection programs in terms of different grants and support for the poor are working very well,” he says. “This country is one of the best in the world in terms of the efficiency of its social protection system.”Yet despite these efforts the number of South Africans living below the national poverty has actually been increasing since 2011. In 2015, 55.5 percent of South Africans or more than 30 million people were surviving on less than $5 a day.Sulla says the lack of progress against poverty is partly due to what he calls “opportunity inequality.” Some people have more access to opportunity than others. And the people who’ve traditionally had wealth and economic opportunities continue to enjoy those benefits.Dlamini-Zuma says the legacy of the apartheid regime still casts a long shadow over the opportunities available for millions of South Africans.”We should not shy away from acknowledging that apartheid was a system that systematically excluded black people from the economy, from skills, from everything. So overcoming that has to be a big part of what we do.”She says South Africa’s progress will be measured on the progress it makes against the “dehumanizing scourge” of poverty.”Poverty stops us from reaching our full potential individually and collectively,” she says. “It’s not good to be the country with the highest inequality in the world. We need to get ourselves out of that space. But it’s not going to be easy.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Theres new evidence that mild pulses of electrici

first_imgThere’s new evidence that mild pulses of electricity can relieve depression — if they reach the right target in the brain.A study of 25 people with epilepsy found that those who had symptoms of depression felt better almost immediately when doctors electrically stimulated an area of the brain just above the eyes, a team reported Thursday in the journal Current Biology. These people were in the hospital awaiting surgery and had wires inserted into their brains to help doctors locate the source of their seizures.Several of the patients talked about the change they felt when the stimulation of the lateral orbitofrontal cortex began, says Kristin Sellers, an author of the paper and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Francisco. One person’s response was: “Wow, I feel a lot better. … What did you guys do?” The stimulation only lasted a few minutes. After it stopped, the effect on mood quickly faded. To be sure that the effect was real, the researchers also pretended to stimulate the lateral OFC in the same patients without actually running current through the tiny wires implanted in their brains. In those sham treatments, there was no discernible change.The results add to the evidence that patients with depression can be helped with an approach known as deep brain stimulation.DBS is an approved treatment for tremors, including those associated with Parkinson’s disease. But results with depression have been less consistent, and DBS isn’t approved for this purpose by the Food and Drug Administration.The latest study represents “another piece in a very complicated puzzle, a very important piece,” says Dr. Helen Mayberg, a pioneer in the use of DBS to treat depression. The study also offers strong evidence that stimulating the OFC can temporarily improve the mood of a person who is feeling depressed, says Mayberg, who directs the Center for Advanced Circuit Therapeutics, which is part of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York. But it’s unclear whether the stimulation can produce long-lasting changes, she says. Also, the study couldn’t answer a critical question because it only looked at people who were reporting transient symptoms of depression. “What happens if you did this in people who actually have failed every kind of treatment for a major depressive episode and are chronically and intractably ill,” Mayberg says.Meanwhile, her own team has been able to help about 80 percent of those patients by stimulating a different area of the brain — one that happens to share many connections with the OFC. The latest study offers “more evidence that [DBS] is something that is real and will work for depression,” says Al Fenoy, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Fenoy is part of a team that has had success treating depression by stimulating yet another brain area that shares connections with the OFC. “We’re all (working) along a very similar pathway,” he says. “One of the common denominators might be this orbitofrontal area.”But it’s also possible that different types of depression will require different targets, Fenoy says.All of the research on brain stimulation reflects a move away from the long-held view that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. “A more sort of modern conception is thinking of depression as a circuit dysfunction, meaning that there’s something about the way cells in the brain are talking to each other that is not quite right,” says Dr. Vikram Rao, an author of the new study and an assistant professor of clinical neurology at UCSF.So researchers have been trying to identify faulty circuits and make them work better using electrical pulses. The challenge has been to find areas that have a really good connection to the malfunctioning circuit”The way that I like to think about it is we’re trying to get onto a highway and there’s a lot of different on-ramps,” Sellers says.The UCSF team took a novel approach to this task by studying patients with epilepsy who were awaiting surgery. That meant they already had wires inserted into their brains to help doctors locate the source of their seizures.In a previous, related study, UCSF researchers had used a different group of epilepsy patients to identify circuits in the brain that indicated whether people were happy or sad. This time, they were able to use these wires to not only monitor various brain circuits involved in mood but also electrically stimulate some of those areas.The researchers were able to use the technique in many different areas in the brain. And Sellers says they got an immediate response when they stimulated the OFC. “What we found was that consistently, stimulation in the lateral OFC was improving mood in symptomatic patients,” Sellers says. What’s more, more powerful stimulation produced a more dramatic improvement in mood, she says. There were no issues with side effects, including mania, which has been seen in some previous experiments with brain stimulation.That’s probably because the OFC offers a really good on-ramp to brain networks involved in depression, Rao says. “It does seem to be a crossroads for connecting many different brain regions that had been implicated in regulating our mood.”And Rao says the results suggest that stimulation of this area is improving the function of a faulty circuit, rather than just making everyone happier.”Only the people who had symptoms [of depression] to start with improved their mood, which suggests that perhaps the effect of what we’re doing is to normalize activity that starts off abnormal,” Rao says. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Footballs Premier League has been branded dishone

first_imgFootball’s Premier League has been branded dishonest by the equality watchdog’s disability commissioner, over its attitude to access and inclusion.Lord [Chris] Holmes told MPs that there had not been “anything like an inclusive culture” in the Premier League and in Premier League clubs, which was “a great shame when it is our only national game”.He said the Premier League “needed a completely different mind-set” and pointed to the “pages and pages” devoted to broadcast arrangements in the Premier League rule book, compared with “just one line” on access.He said that changes required for television broadcasters, when new technology was introduced, were carried out “within weeks” rather than the “decades” it has taken to make access improvements.Lord Holmes, disability commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and himself a retired Paralympian, was giving evidence to the culture, media and sport select committee as part of its inquiry into access to sports stadiums for disabled people.He contrasted the Premier League’s attitude to that of Premiership rugby union and county cricket, which had both worked closely with the watchdog to improve access and inclusion.Asked by Tory MP Nigel Huddleston what he saw in those sports that was different to football’s Premier League, he said they were “collaborative, open, honest, prepared to share”.He then added, in response to a follow-up question from Huddleston, that it would be “delightful” in the future to be able to use the same words to describe the Premier League.Lord Holmes said that some clubs had done “as good as nothing” for more than 20 years to improve access.And he warned that the commission could take legal action under the Equality Act against individual clubs, and even against the Premier League itself, depending on the progress demonstrated in the next few months.He said: “I don’t think we have an inclusive culture. We don’t even have a culture of compliance from Premier League clubs and the Premier League.”The Premier League’s executive director, Bill Bush, had earlier told the committee that he could not yet name the clubs that were set to break their promise that they would meet guidelines on access laid down 13 years ago in the Accessible Stadia Guide.The Premier League said last year that all of its clubs had promised to meet the guidelines by August 2017, but Lord Holmes told the committee that probably more than a third of the clubs would fail to meet that pledge.Bush said he was not “hiding” the names of the clubs, but that it would not have been fair to name them at this stage because the Premier League had so far only carried out a “dipstick test” of their accessibility, which was not “definitive”.He said the Premier League would publish a club-by-club account of progress in January.Lord Holmes said that this refusal to release the names of individual clubs until January was “not entirely helpful”.He also pointed to a new mobile phone app that has been launched for football fans by the Premier League, even though it was not accessible.He said: “It clearly demonstrates that if that thinking is going on, there is no sense of an inclusive culture and there’s no sense of embracing the positive opportunity that exists here.”Lord Holmes praised smaller clubs like Wrexham and Tranmere Rovers, both in the fifth tier of English and Welsh football, and both of which have improved access despite their grounds being more than 100 years old.Bush claimed that Premier League clubs took the issue of access “very, very seriously” and none of them had ever said they could not afford to carry out access improvements.He claimed that any delays were due to other factors, such as the “disruption” caused by the major building work necessary to put in lifts and viewing platforms.last_img read more

Sweden Lists Itself on Airbnb for Free

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Airbnb Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business News reporter Sweden Lists Itself on Airbnb for Free –shares Image credit: Airbnb via PC Mag Forget about a tiny, expensive Manhattan studio apartment: Why not reserve an entire rustic forest on Airbnb for your next camping trip? Or maybe your own private island? Perhaps you’d like to pitch a tent on a secluded beach with huge limestone columns jutting out of it?As long as you’re willing to make Sweden your destination, you can find all of that and more on Airbnb starting on Tuesday, and best of all, it’s free. The listings are actually a marketing gimmick devised by Sweden’s tourism agency to highlight the country’s “freedom to roam laws,” which allow anyone to access and camp on public lands for free, according to the country’s Airbnb profile. “Allemansrätten — or the freedom to roam — is a principle protected by Swedish law that gives all people the right to be free in Swedish nature,” the profile explains. “In other words, Swedish nature isn’t just a piece of land with trees and lakes and cliffs — it’s a home with all the necessities and amenities that any great home should have.”You can’t actually book any of the listings — each one simply includes a “Visit Sweden” link that takes you to the tourism agency’s website instead of a booking button. You also aren’t guaranteed to have the spot you select all to yourself, but considering that Sweden is among the least densely-populated countries in Europe, your odds are pretty good.The Swedish public lands listing is a much-needed bright spot for Airbnb. Critics claim the company strains the supply of affordable housing in major cities, and municipal governments worldwide have passed legislation that restricts the types of listings on the site. Those laws have resulted in years of litigation, especially in the U.S.Perhaps to counteract some of the negative attention, Airbnb appears to have agreed to the Swedish campaign as a goodwill gesture: Fast Company reports that neither the tourism agency nor Airbnb is getting paid. Register Now »center_img Next Article May 24, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag Tom Brant 2 min read The marketing gimmick is designed to draw attention to the ‘freedom to roam’ law that allows anyone to visit Swedish public lands for free. Add to Queuelast_img read more

Calif Regulator Seeks To Bar Anthem From Small Business Health Exchange

first_imgCalif. Regulator Seeks To Bar Anthem From Small Business Health Exchange Meanwhile, Minnesota officials announce the opening of a call center Sept. 3 to answer consumer questions about the state’s online insurance marketplace, which will begin enrolling people a month later.Los Angeles Times: Regulator Wants To Bar Anthem From Small-Business Health ExchangeCalifornia Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones wants industry giant Anthem Blue Cross barred from the state’s new health exchange for small businesses because he says the company imposes excessive rate hikes. Jones said the state’s largest for-profit health insurer should be denied access to the state-run market where thousands of small employers will purchase health coverage for their workers (Terhune, 6/13).Kaiser Health News: Capsules: California Insurance Chief Wants To Bar Anthem From Selling Small Business Coverage Citing a pattern of ‘unreasonable rate increases’ for small business customers by Anthem Blue Cross, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Thursday he will recommend that the state’s new online insurance marketplace exclude the firm from selling small business coverage (Appleby, 6/13).The Associated Press: Minn. Health Insurance Call Center Opens In Sept.The call center for Minnesota’s new health insurance marketplace will be operational Sept. 3 to help prepare consumers for buying coverage when open enrollment begins a month later, officials said Wednesday. MNsure’s executive director, April Todd-Malmlov, updated board members on customer assistance plans for the exchange, where starting Oct. 1 about 1.3 million Minnesotans are expected to get their coverage, including 300,000 who don’t currently have health insurance (Karnowski, 6/13).Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Preparing For Flood Of Consumer Questions On Insurance ExchangesOn Oct. 1, individual consumers and small businesses will be able to enroll in the online health insurance marketplaces known as exchanges. Minnesota, where the state is running the exchange, and Florida, where the federal government will be in charge, are preparing in different ways. Under the Affordable Care Act, most Americans who don’t already have health insurance through employers, Medicare or some other source are required to get it as of Jan. 1 or pay a fine. Subsidies will be available for people who earn up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level to buy insurance (Girshman, 6/13). In other news related to health exchanges – Health News Florida: Prepare For Launch Of ‘Get Covered’ CampaignOn June 22, consumer-health groups across the nation will launch what they hope will be a massive education and enrollment campaign to find uninsured people and get them ready to sign up for health coverage. The campaign will be called “Get Covered, America!” Its official launch is June 22 because that marks 100 days until the opening of state and federal online “marketplaces” where the uninsured can shop for coverage (Gentry, 6/13). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Praja Vedika demolished call for Chandrababu to vacate official homePraja Vedika demolished

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT TDP tries hard to keep folks together; Naidu dials leaders politics The former CM terms the move political, vengeful If the Telugu Desam Party was hit by a crisis with four of its six Rajya Sabha MPs defecting to the BJP, its leader N Chandrababu Naidu found the annexe to his official residence Praja Vedika demolished by the new Jagan Mohan Reddy government, on grounds of it being ‘illegal’.All this happened within a week of Naidu’s family trip to Europe. As the former CM of Andhra Pradesh returned to Vijayawada on Tuesday night, he had to face the simmering discontent and looming defections in his party and be a mute witness to the razing of a part of his residence. Praja Vedika or ‘people’s forum’, was the annexe of the official residence — a guest house owned by the industrialist Lingamaneni (who ran Air Costa) and was situated on the banks of the river Krishna in the upcoming capital city of Amaravati. It was used by Naidu to hold meetings in the later part of his tenure, having moved from Hyderabad completely from early 2017. At the maiden ‘collectors’ meet’ held at the Annexe on Monday, the new CM said the structure should be razed as it was built illegally. He declared that all buildings without permissions should not be spared.‘Political, vengeful move’ The TDP leadership was huddled in a meeting with the former CM terming the move “political and vengeful”.On Tuesday, Jagan also announced the constitution of a Committee to examine all constructions taken up by the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), which was constituted to develop Amaravati.Minister for municipal administration, Botsa Satyanarayana, exerted pressure on Naidu, saying “It is on Naidu to take a decision on vacating his official residence. He is a seasoned politician and knows the best. There was no vengeance in the CM’s decision as the structure was was illegal”, he said. BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao, too, said Naidu should vacate the official residence in the face of the government findings.Corruption chargesIn the background of a bitter election campaign in which Jagan and Naidu traded serious charges of corruption — on personal and government level — Jagan, immediately after assuming charge, reviewed all major projects such as the Capital City, Polavaram, and contracts awarded by the Naidu government, to investigate and take action. This in a way would put sustained focus on the alleged ‘irregularities, scams’ during Naidu’s governance. Pawan Kalyan reactsReacting to the developments, Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan said, “The Jagan Mohan Reddy government should take action on illegal constructions, whether owned by the powerful or commonman, to prove its intent that bringing down the former CM’s residential annexe was not a case of vendetta.” Meanwhile, the popular notion remained that the TDP chief should vacate his residence to move to a new one. national politics Workers carry out demolition of Praja Vedika, a convention hall built by the Telugu Desam Party government in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh   –  – June 26, 2019 RELATED COMMENTS SHARE Published onlast_img read more